Read merely alone, the report describes gross intentional misconduct, gross negligence and moral indifference about harassment and assault, as well as separate matters of managerial competency (some of which are relevant and material to the investigation’s focus, and some of which aren’t).
And yet, and yet, the report cannot – reasonably – be read alone, without considering the even longer pattern of intentionally wrongful or negligent handling of harassment and assault cases on campus. One cannot say that the full story is bigger – because for survivors it has been tragically and wrongly big enough – but it is a lengthier story, surely.
The last two chancellors – Telfer and Kopper – both failed to administer justly and diligently. (There’s something both perverse and avaricious about those who hold Telfer up as a model of a good chancellor, having presided as he did during a period of multiple claims from assault survivors of indifference or actual obstruction.)
The mere selection of a new leader will not suffice for Whitewater as it would not suffice for any community or organization.
Improvement is requires action, not declaration.
See also at FREE WHITEWATER a dedicated category entitled Assault Awareness & Prevention.